Partly. Many parents who are 'in the know' register their children from a very young age to ensure that they have a place reserved in our Nursery or Reception classes. However we are a large school and to meet demand we have recently expanded our numbers (although we have also reduced our class sizes), so this makes things a little easier. It is always worth calling the school to find out the latest position on places. We also have a fresh intake of girls join us every year into Year 3 when the boys have left for Warwick Junior School.
No, but we hope when your child leaves us he or she will be! Many of our children are of what one might term 'average ability' but, through the tuition they receive, achieve well above average levels of achievement. More to the point, we give them the confidence and opportunity to uncover abilities and skills in other areas, and therefore show that they are by no means average!
We are not academically selective before the age of 7. All we want to be sure of is that your child will flourish and be happy at Warwick Prep. We establish this by means of a taster day.
If you would like your daughter to join Warwick Prep from Year 3 onwards, she will have to pass an entrance test to ensure that she will be able to benefit from the academic nature of the work covered in Key Stage 2, which includes much specialist teaching. If you would like us to carry out an informal assessment of your daughter prior to the assessment itself, please contact the Marketing & Admissions Department who will be pleased to assist.
That's quite hard to say because all schools are so different and offer such a variety of opportunities to their pupils. There are several key areas in which Warwick Prep might be different.
We work very hard to provide parents with the best possible value for money. We benefit greatly from 'economies of scale', being a large school. We have modern, purpose-built facilities which are relatively efficient to maintain, heat and light. Our connections with Warwick School and King's High School mean that we can also benefit from their facilities without the cost of building and maintaining them ourselves - Warwick School's indoor swimming pool and chapel, the Bridge House Theatre and Bridge Sports Centre, to name but a few.
Warwick Prep does have a large number of very academically able pupils, as well as some highly talented athletes, musicians, actors, artists and linguists. Expectations are high but one of the secrets of our success is that we have extremely creative teachers who make lessons not just challenging, but also interesting and relevant. Working hard to be your best and to do your best is the norm. As a result, each year scholarships and awards are won to a variety of senior schools and our pupils have opportunities to succeed at a high level in national competitions and events, academically, musically and in sport.
The majority of our pupils live within Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth and Stratford, plus the surrounding villages. Being a very popular school with an excellent and long-standing reputation, we also draw our pupils from a much larger area to include Coventry and Rugby to the north, Banbury to the east, Evesham and the Cotswolds to the south and Solihull, Bromsgrove and Birmingham to the west. There is a Foundation bus service available to those who live in these more distant locations for pupils aged from 7 to 11.
Yes and many do so with great success each year. Typically these are girls who may appear to be coasting a little and who would benefit from the specialist teaching and wide range of extra-curriculuar oportunities offered by the school. Warwick Prep is an excellent choice if parents are considering more academic options for senior school, including King's High, Stratford Grammar and other top independent schools, both day or boarding.
No. King's High is one of the top academic schools in the country and the entrance exam must be passed by Warwick Prep girls just like everyone else. However, the pass rate by Warwick Prep pupils is well in advance of that achieved elsewhere and in some years, every girl does pass the entrance exam. If we think it is possible that your daughter will not pass for King's, we will let you know well in advance of the examination and discuss other options.
Yes. Our aim is to ensure girls sitting these tests are fully prepared for the exam so that they can give an accurate accout of their level of ability and attainment. We do not look to boost scores artificially through over preparation and cramming, as we do not believe this is in the child's best interests.
Children can be dropped off from 8.00am each morning as there is full supervision until the day starts formally at 8.40 am. There is no charge for this early morning session.
Children from Nursery upwards can join our After School Care provision for either a short time or through to 5.45 pm. If staying later, the children receive a light tea of sandwiches, cake and a drink. Additional charges for After School Care apply.
There is also a significant number of after school clubs and activities which many children like to take part in.